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Securing Keys, DRAMs and Freeze-Mist
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Securing Keys, DRAMs and Freeze-Mist

In one of the more interesting articles in the Communications of the ACM in recent years, J. Alex Halderman and a cast of thousands write in the May 2009 issue...

High Tech's Great Leap Backward
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High Tech's Great Leap Backward

Beijing recently announced that starting on July 1, all computers sold in China must come installed with government-designed software to block pornography. Testing...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Erlang
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Erlang

Erlang creator Joe Armstrong discusses Erlang's development over the past 20 years and considers future developments in a wide-ranging interview.

In Conversation with Dr. Gang Lu
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In Conversation with Dr. Gang Lu

Gang Lu, the founder of MOBINODE and OpenWeb Asia, has worked for a European company, Netvibes.com, and has recently moved back to Shanghai. In this interview,...

Want More Women to Study Science? Hire More Female Professors
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Want More Women to Study Science? Hire More Female Professors

The soon-to-be-completed leadership succession at Xerox from Ann Mulcahy to Ursula Burns  is one for the record books. It will be the first woman-to-woman transition...

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The DMCA is Endangering American Security

I've had the government's 60-day Cyberspace Policy Review sitting on my desk for many days now, dutifully highlighted and marked up with notes. And I see one gigantic...

Ten of the Coolest and Most Powerful Supercomputers of All Time
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Ten of the Coolest and Most Powerful Supercomputers of All Time

For decades, supercomputers have helped scientists perform calculations that would not have been possible on regular computers of that time. Not only has the construction...

Web Surfing in a Wireless Network of Your Very Own
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Web Surfing in a Wireless Network of Your Very Own

Not long ago Web browsing required sitting in one place and using a computer plugged into a cable. Now, people expect to hop online whenever they want  using wireless...

Ray Ozzie on the Potential of Cloud Computing
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Ray Ozzie on the Potential of Cloud Computing

Wired magazine writer and author Steven Levy interviews Microsoft Corp.'s Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie about the value of cloud computing and how it will...

Google and the Evolution of Search: What's Next in Search? Much, Much Better Search
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Google and the Evolution of Search: What's Next in Search? Much, Much Better Search

For many years, Google, on its Explanation of Our Search Results page, claimed that "a site's ranking in Google's search results is automatically determined by...

Google and the Evolution of Search: Cheating the System
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Google and the Evolution of Search: Cheating the System

In the second of three interviews with members of the Google team responsible for overseeing search algorithms at the company, Google software engineer Matt Cutts...

A Bit of Rajeev Motwani in Every Technology: Google Co-Founder
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A Bit of Rajeev Motwani in Every Technology: Google Co-Founder

"Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it," wrote Google co-founder Sergey Brin on his...

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Wanted: A Smarter Immigration Policy

Of all the initiatives undertaken in the name of homeland security after 9/11, the visa screening requirements for foreign scientists and engineers have probably...

Berners-Lee: We No Longer Fully Understand the Web
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Berners-Lee: We No Longer Fully Understand the Web

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wants to put the Web under the microscope to investigate how it changes our behavior. He discusses the Web Science Research...

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Google and the Evolution of Search: Human Evaluators

Google has acknowledged that its search results are no longer solely and automatically determined by the company's vaunted algorithms. Indeed, sources say the company...

How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live
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How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live

The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression. You hear about this new service that lets you send 140-character...

Q&A: Ravi Venkatesan
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Q&A: Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan, chairman of Microsoft India, discusses the role technology can play in the new Indian administration and Microsoft's efforts to accelerate the...

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Confessions of a Science Librarian

I'm curious about all this and I wonder if any of the computing people out there share Moshe Yardi's ambivalence in Conferences vs. Journals in Computing Research...

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On Vardi's Question on Conferences

As picked up by Lance, Moshe Vardi uses his Editor's Letter in the May CACM to start up a debate on the future of conferences in CS. While I agree with the view...

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Are Conferences Worth Fixing?

Moshe Vardi uses his Editor's Letter in the May CACM to start up a debate on the future of conferences in CS. He mentions last year's Workshop on Organizing Workshops...
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